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Braves Make Huge Leap in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Devon Platana
The Atlanta Braves have taken a huge leap in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.
The Atlanta Braves have taken a huge leap in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball and it isn't even close. The defending World Series champions have won 14 consecutive games and now just sit four games back of the New York Mets for the NL East lead.

The Braves' winning streak has also finally earned them the respect that they deserve from experts. After coming in at No. 13 in last week's ESPN MLB power rankings, Atlanta has jumped up to the No. 7 spot.

Atlanta Braves Power Ranking

The Braves' new ranking has them as the fourth-highest National League team, trailing the Mets (No. 2), Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 3) and San Diego Padres (No. 4). That's an accomplishment worth being proud of after taking into account how poorly the club began the 2022 MLB season.

Have the Braves been beating the top teams during their winning streak? Not exactly as they've taken down sub-.500 clubs, but they've led the majors with 101 runs scored over that stretch while rocking a 2.72 team ERA (No. 5).

Eleven Braves have multiple home runs during their winning streak, with Austin Riley's six leading the way. Additionally, six players have 10-plus RBIs in that span.

One of the most important aspects of Atlanta's current tear is that starting pitchers have accounted for 10 of the 14 victories. It's left less pressure on the bullpen to save the day, leaving the relievers with more energy as the season rolls on.

The Braves' recent winning ways have led to them being one of FanDuel Sportsbook's top championship picks in 2022. Their World Series odds currently sit at +1100, which ranks sixth best across MLB.

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